This week started off on a little sour note as an Elder from the zone got sick enough to the stomach to get internado (admitted) in a local clinic for a few days. Luckily it was nothing more than a small infection, and got back to working full-force quickly. They even managed to prepare someone for their baptism for this next week. Apart from the small surprise, we had a good Monday, having a super FHE with a family that was baptized a little while ago.
Tuesday morning we once again found some service to do, this time cleaning out a part of the yard of some members. We were shoveling broken bricks and rocks for a while and loading it all up into a truck to get hauled away. They told us to clean out everything, so that's what we did. (Later in the week we learned that we accidently took some things that where still useful. Woops.) After the service, we had another intercambio (exchange), but this time we sent E' Cubillos away and I stayed home. We had a pretty good day preaching, and basically spent the entire time laughing about this or that. There is one person is particular in our area that doesn't like Peruanos ni Chilenos (people from Peru or Chili) for whatever reason, and always gives said persons a hard time. During the intercambio, I was with a Peruano, and when we visited this Hno we convinced him that the other Elder was Argentino. (I later told him of the Elder's true nationality, and his reaction was pretty funny.)
We didn't really do anything interesting Wednesday or Thursday, just ward council and district meetings and proselyting. We still havn't found time to make our way out to the farlands, but one day we'll make it out. We have been using some pretty cool little cards about the iniciativo Ha Nacido un Salvador, (program A Savior is Born) and have found that people are much more receptive when we want to give them a free card, rather than share the gospel. How strange.
Friday we had to go down to SC for the concilio de liderazgo (leadership training). Normally these meetings are the first Tuesday of the month, but for whatever reason it was postponed for a while. We had a great time, and got to listen to Presidente Zambrano talk a lot about the importance of being pacient, being humble, and having charity. We returned back to Montero a bit earlier than we planned, but were able to use our extra time well.
Saturday morning we had to go out to the other city of Minero to give an enterview for their investigator that will be baptized this week. It was a fun experience, driving out through the jungle and arriving in a little town once again, then heading back to Montero. We had a good time preaching in the afternoon, especially because a less active member agreed to join us visiting during the day. It's always good when such people start to discover their testimony again. We also found a little surprise service; as we were walking we noticed an older lady starting to cut her lawn with the Bolivian lawnmower. Being such nice people, we offered our help and cleaned up quickly before moving on.
This Sunday was a beautiful day, especially since it didn't rain in the morning, and the primary had their little program. The afternoon was a little interesting as we were invited to a funeral, so we went and gave our support for a while before continuing on. It's sad when people move on, but it gives me great consuelo (comfort) knowing that it's not the end, and the glorious future that is in store. The rest of the day went prettty well, until about 8 when it seemed like all our ideas came crashing down. We got the impresion to go by a certain house, and found someone that was visiting with missionaries in the past, so we set to talk. He even treated us to a hamburger before we headed home.
***Sister Zambrano (the Mission President's wife) posted the following video on her blog from the Leadership training. I got such a kick out of watching the native Spanish speakers not sure of the English and really laughed when it appears like Elder Yates has to think hard to remember the English words. Enjoy!!***
Elder Yates also sent me several pictures with the following explanation: The photos are from the last Monday when we went out to the campo (countryside) and went exploring.
This picture is of E'Moreno (far left) whom E'Yates trained
and E'Aguilar (middle) whom E'Moreno trained